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You make the call, who's, well, less in the wrong.
Here is what happened on the track
Here is what happened after between Al and JRP
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After seeing it (Thanks Eric) I'd have to say Johnny should have swung wide and let Yates go by on the inside with only a few laps remaining but then again "That's Racing"
I haven't read the rulebook...but if it's says hold your line and that's what JRP did...then I can't see him being suspended. They should change the damn rulebook. Of course, after seeign what happens with the Buell RR, I guess the rulebook doesn't matter anyway.
JRP should have sat up and looked around when he got the blue flag and 'done the right thing'. WSB would suspend him in a second and if it were up to me I'd suspend him from that class only for the rest of the season. Al showed that he a) understands how the rest of us feel when blundering backmarkers screw up good racing and b) he's human. The AMA suspended the wrong guy, but that's no surprise. I'm sure HRA will have something to say soon!
Al threatened to abuse his power in a situation that didn't involve him, a tech inspector dealing with an on-track event (while already abusing his power by harassing him with post-race tech inspection for 2 hours). Al has made these threats abusing his power before, only this time it was on tape, so he couldn't lie his way out of it like when he threatened John Ulrich with "punitive teardowns".
The rule is poorly written and subjective for a tricky situation that comes up in almost every race. There is controversy every season in at least one lap traffic issue. Had he moved off line in that section and taken Yates out or even balked him, they'd be yelling at JRP for not holding his line (like has happened plenty of times...let me know if you want a picture of Yates crashing by that very scenario).
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